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Smashwords Debuts India E-book Distribution, Preorder Services

Smashwords Debuts India E-book Distribution, Preorder Services | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Smashwords, a self-publishing platform and indie e-book distributor, has launched a series of new features to aid authors and publishers in distribution and marketing of e-books. (#Smashwords Debuts India E-book Distribution, Preorder Services.
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George Kerscher Talks EPUB Accessibility Guidelines and DBW 2017

George Kerscher Talks EPUB Accessibility Guidelines and DBW 2017 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
George Kerscher is a speaker at the 2017 Digital Book World Conference, where he will review and provide guidance on the new EPUB Accessibility guidelines.
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How Authors Should Strategize Their Blogs and Podcasts 

How Authors Should Strategize Their Blogs and Podcasts  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Many self-published and traditionally published authors write blogs and produce podcasts to keep their audiences intact between publishing books.
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What Are the Benefits of the IDPF-W3C Merger? 

What Are the Benefits of the IDPF-W3C Merger?  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
What does the merger between IDPF and W3C mean for the book publishing industry? Bill McCoy, executive director of the IDPF, weighs in.
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Kobo is taking over Exclusive Books eBook Business

Kobo is taking over Exclusive Books eBook Business | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Kobo has just announced that they have come to terms to take over the e-book business unit of Exclusive Books. They will be gravitating everyone who purchased
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49 Libraries Each Made More Than 1 Million Digital Loans in 2016 | The Digital Reader

49 Libraries Each Made More Than 1 Million Digital Loans in 2016 | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
OverDrive's ebook app may be so painful to use that they built and are beta-testing a new replacement, but that hasn't stopped four dozen libraries from setting new records in lending ebook titles. OverDrive announced today that 30 standalone public library systems and 19 library consortia in the U.S. and two other countries have set a new record for lending more than one million digital books in 2016. These 49 systems each achieved significant year over year circulation growth, and together surpassed the 32 systems that accomplished the feat in 2015. ... The record-setting libraries achieved their success in a variety of ways. "We increased checkout and holds limits early in the year and lowered holds ratios periodically to get more copies in circulation," said Kady Ferris, Electronic Content Librarian from Multnomah County Library in Oregon. "We update curated collections on the OverDrive landing page frequently and featured a local author each month." Multnomah County Library is new to the "Million Checkout Club" and experienced 38 percent year-over-year growth. Another first-time Million Checkout Library, Harris County Public Library (HCPL) in Texas, created a campaign specifically to reach one million checkouts and, as a result, enjoyed 34 percent growth in 2016. Michael Sapertstein, Branch Manager [...]
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Audiobooks.com Brings Digital Audiobooks into Home with Sonos

Audiobooks.com Brings Digital Audiobooks into Home with Sonos | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Audiobooks.com subscribers can listen to their content of choice through Sonos speakers, offering high-quality sound in every room of their homes.
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New York Times Plans on Scaling Back on Print Edition by 2020

New York Times Plans on Scaling Back on Print Edition by 2020 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The New York Times is going to be revising their newsroom and they have big plans by the time 2020 rolls around. They want to reduce duplicative layers of
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Despite What You Heard, The E-Book Market Never Stopped Growing

Despite What You Heard, The E-Book Market Never Stopped Growing | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
E-book unit sales have only shrunk if reporting ignores all indie authors, most publishers and the new channels created by Amazon.
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Watch out publishers: the chatbots are coming 

Watch out publishers: the chatbots are coming  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Move over, VR; chatbots are set to be the big publishing trend this year.
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Q&A with Pronoun: An Increasingly Competitive Ebook Distributor | Jane Friedman

Q&A with Pronoun: An Increasingly Competitive Ebook Distributor | Jane Friedman | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Pronoun distributes ebooks to the five major online retailers; it charges authors nothing upfront, and doesn't take a cut of ebook sales either.
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Publishers See More Good Times Ahead for Audiobooks

Publishers See More Good Times Ahead for Audiobooks | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The audiobooks story of the year in 2016 was—again—the continued strong sales growth of the digital audio market, and many audio publishers expect to see more gains in 2017.
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Adult Nonfiction Stayed Hot in 2016

Adult Nonfiction Stayed Hot in 2016 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Even though no adult coloring book sold as well in 2016 as the bestsellers in 2015 did, the adult nonfiction category, which includes those titles, posted the biggest unit gains among the major print categories last year.
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A Few Words With Digital Book World's International Fellows

A Few Words With Digital Book World's International Fellows | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
From Greece, Norway, Iceland, and the UK, the DBW 2017 Fellows speak about their successes, their challenges, and why they're traveling to the conference.
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Examining Korean Literature in Translation and International Reach

Examining Korean Literature in Translation and International Reach | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Both the number and nature of commercially successful translations of Korean titles are questioned in a crowded international marketplace for books.
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Exclusive Books strikes e-book deal with Kobo

Exclusive Books strikes e-book deal with Kobo | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Exclusive Books has struck a deal to direct its customers to the Kobo website to buy e-books.
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For the book business, VMI in warehouses might happen before VMI in stores - The Shatzkin Files

The sales-and-returns convention by which most books are sold by most publishers to their retail and wholesale accounts is too often described as “consignment”. It actually isn’t. Actual consignment terms would give us a quite different supply chain, and we may be closer than most people imagine to shifting to it. Although major trade accounts …
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Microsoft to Sell eBooks? | The Digital Reader

Microsoft to Sell eBooks? | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
When Microsoft released a Windows 10 preview last November which included Epub support in the Edge web browser, it looked like it was just a technical test of the browser's ability's, but now MS is about to launch a matching ebookstore. MSPowerUser reports that Microsoft is about ready to fill the one content hole in its online store. Like Google, Amazon, and Apple, Microsoft sells apps, music, and video through its retail site, but unlike the other three MS does not sell ebooks. According to a leaked internal build of Windows 10, that is going to change soon: We were today able to get an early look at the new e-books store in an internal build of Windows 10 Mobile, but the feature is also going to be available for PCs and tablets running Windows 10. The new e-book store will be integrated into the Windows Store as a dedicated section where users will be able to buy books from a range of different publishers and authors. Buying a book from the Windows Store works just like how you would buy an app, game or a music album — simply find a book you want to buy, and hit the [...]
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Follett, VitalSource Partner on Easy Access to 80,000+ Digital Titles

Follett, VitalSource Partner on Easy Access to 80,000+ Digital Titles | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A collaboration between Follett Higher Education and Ingram's VitalSource makes it easier for college students to access their digital learning materials.
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You Won't be Selling eBooks on Twitter Any Time Soon, If Ever | The Digital Reader

You Won't be Selling eBooks on Twitter Any Time Soon, If Ever | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
One of the hotter fads of 2014 and 2015 was selling content and products on social networks. As the idea went, people on Twitter and Facebook would be thrilled to have the ads replaced with buy buttons where they could purchase books and other stuff. Twitter bought into the idea in 2014 when when they launched buy buttons, but Twitter as a bookstore never got much further than Penguin selling a single title (The Martian) in mid-2015. And now the idea is completely dead. Recode reports that first Facebook killed its buy buttons, and now Twitter has followed suit: Twitter is finally doing away with the ‘Buy’ buttons that allowed users to purchase items from within a tweet. The shutdown comes eight months after Twitter’s head of commerce left the company and more than a year after the company disbanded the group focusing on the ‘Buy’ button product. Even without a team working on it, the service had still been live up to now. TechCrunch first reported the news. A company spokesman confirmed the move, but said Twitter will continue to invest in ad products for retailers that help drive purchases via the social network. This should come as no [...]
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Pearson is lowering the cost of e-book rentals

Pearson is lowering the cost of e-book rentals | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Pearson, one of the largest educational publishers in the world is making a serious push towards digital. They are dropping the prices of its e-book rentals and
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First look at Windows 10's upcoming store for e-books

First look at Windows 10's upcoming store for e-books | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Microsoft is working on a new a store for e-books in Windows 10. The software giant actually started building in features related to the Books store late last year with the release of EPUB (a popular file type for e-books) support on Microsoft Edge. We were today able to get an early look at the …
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DBW ’17: Why are print sales up? Data Guy gives his reason—and it isn’t adult coloring books

DBW ’17: Why are print sales up? Data Guy gives his reason—and it isn’t adult coloring books | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Perhaps the reason print book sales are on the rise has nothing to do with coloring books, digital fatigue, the “ebook fad” or book store appeal. Data Guy has offered a different reason based on the data he has scraped for Author Earnings. To start, independent book store sales are up 5 percent from 2015, but…
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Is Academic Publishing the Next to Go Indie? 

Is Academic Publishing the Next to Go Indie?  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Add academic publishing, at colleges and universities, to the growth areas in self-publishing. It’s been a gradual transition. As Inside Higher Education pointed out, academics “inhabit a parallel publishing ecosystem: a constellation of university presses and journals that publish slowly, offer few economic returns, and subject all work to painstaking peer review. Scholars and publishing... [Read More]
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Is Amazon Exclusivity Right for You? by Rob Kroese

Is Amazon Exclusivity Right for You? by Rob Kroese | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
There are advantages to selling ebooks only through Amazon, and makes most sense for authors who are just starting out or who are relatively unknown.
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